Inspire A Friend — With Steve Roland Prefontaine

People Who Kick Buts: Steve Roland Prefontaine

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The only good race pace is suicide pace, and today looks like a good day to die.

  • Born January 25, 1951.
  • Was an American middle and long-distance runner.
  • Prefontaine was recruited by several top track programs across the United States, but decided to enroll at the University of Oregon to train under coach Bill Bowerman (who later founded Nike).
  • Prefontaine was an aggressive runner, insisting on going out hard and not relinquishing leads. He was quoted as saying, “No one will ever win a 5,000 meter by running an easy two miles. Not against me.” He would later state, “I am going to work so that it’s a pure guts race. In the end, if it is, I’m the only one that can win it”.

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